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Popular Banjo Teachers Near Portland

John S.

Portland, OR
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Alan B.

Portland, OR
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Dylan P.

Portland, OR
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John S. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Country Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Originally from Minnesota, I have lived in the Portland area for the past 25 years with my wife, Ruth, and two children.

My formal music education began in 1979, in my home town of Minneapolis. I studied guitar, music theory and composition at the West Bank School of Music, MacPhail Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota (Jazz Studies), and locally, w/ Eric Skye.

Some of my musical influences are: Pat Metheny, Tony Rice, J.J. Cale, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas, Mark Knopfler, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello, Prince, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Beatles, Stones...

My teaching experience began back in college when my guitar instructor, Billy Bernard ("first in class" GIT graduate; performed with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Rufus Reid), decided to give me his "overflow" students when his schedule was full. I fell in love with teaching and have continued to teach ever since.

I have a lot of experience teaching children and young adults; I taught beginning and group lessons in Duluth, Minnesota for two years and for years after that in Superior, Wisconsin, where I ran a guitar program and developed the group lesson curriculum. I have had great success teaching all ages and playing levels, and feel comfortable teaching most playing styles (fingerstyle or plectrum/pick).

My musical journeys have given me a broad base of music knowledge and performance experience; I have studied and performed many styles of music with numerous groups and ensembles over the last 35 years; Pop, Rock, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, RnB, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Big-Band... I currently play with a bluegrass/neograss/americana group, SwitchGrass.

I consider myself a musical "generalist" because I don't really play or specialize in any one style of music. I am a multi-instrumentalist with interest and experience in many different styles of music. Guitar is my main instrument, but over the years I have become proficient on Mandolin, Banjo (5-string and Tenor), Ukulele, Bass, and Harmonica. Playing multiple instruments and styles helps me to see music and musicians from many angles; I can help a student become a well-rounded, thoughtful musician, not just a "guitar player."

Over the years I have been involved with numerous aspects of the music business, including Radio DJ, Music Buyer for a music chain, and I owned and operated a local music store for 12 years (CDs, DVDs, Games, Guitars, Amps). I have obtained an obscene amount of knowledge and information about musicians, recording, instruments, and the music business in general, and I believe that these experiences give me an extra broad perspective and help to make me a better music teacher.

I am the father of two very active and talented children, one with A.D.H.D. and the other with dyslexia, so I do have some experience dealing with and teaching children that are hyperactive, impulsive, and have learning disabilities. I believe that studying, practicing, and playing music has been extremely helpful in my children's intellectual development and has played an "instrumental" part in building their character and positive self-image.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student will have a customized program tailored to meet their personal aspirations, playing level and level of commitment. The student should be realistic in their goals and make sure that they have committed a block of time every day to pursue their music studies. Lessons aren't cheap, and time is valuable, so I always strive to keep the student on track and using their practice time efficiently and effectively.

Everybody learns at individual rates and respond differently to different teaching styles, so I will always try to adapt my lesson materials and approach to match the personality and drive of the student. Does the student just want to learn some songs for fun and relaxation, do they want to play in their friend's band, or do they want to become a professional musician and perform at Carnegie Hall?

Whatever your musical dreams and aspirations are, I can help get you there and pledge to always keep your lessons fun, organized and inspiring.

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Depending on your goals, interests, playing level, age, etc., lesson topics can include:

Basic Guitar Knowledge >>> learn the parts of your guitar and how everything works; how to tune, change strings, set-up, and maintain your guitar... you won't want to play much, if your instrument doesn't play good and sound good.

Proper Guitar Technique >>> good posture; holding the guitar and pick properly; efficient right and left hand techniques; building hand strength and calluses... things you need to produce a good, solid, musical tone.

The Language of Music >>> naming the notes; standard and "tab" music notation; naming chords; basic music terms and concepts... things you need to know, to learn and communicate about music.

Chords, Scales, & Rhythm >>> (5) main chord types, (5) main scale types, and learn various rhythm styles, and the (supreme) importance of solid tempo and timing... the primary tools you'll need to play music.

Learning and Performing Songs >>> the process of how to learn and practice a song; reading and interpreting sheet music, "TAB," and chord charts; learning to "play by ear;" picking the right key for you to sing in; how to use a capo; how to play and sing at the same time... hint: repetition is your friend.

Music Theory >>> chord and scale construction, harmonized scales, chord inversions, chord extensions & substitutions, passing chords, scale modes, chord-scale relationships, improvisation, etc... things the advanced and serious music student need to know.

Alternative Guitar Techniques >>> "open tunings," "slide guitar," "harmonics," "chicken-pickin," "palm muting," etc... advanced tools and tricks to create a wider palate of sounds from your instrument.

Song Writing >>> I can help you develop your original song ideas; basic song writing and composition techniques; song forms; building chord progressions; building melodic phrases; using different rhythms and time signatures; merging words w/ music... stuff you'll want to know, if you're itching to write your own tunes... hint: that music theory stuff comes in handy.

Learning other Instruments >>> If you already play guitar and have ever thought about learning a second instrument, I can show you how to take the knowledge and techniques that you've learned on guitar, and transfer them over to the Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, or Banjo; I can also teach you how to play the Harmonica, which is a really easy and fun instrument to learn... Impress your friends and add spice to your jams!

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No matter what your ultimate musical goals are, I want you to learn practical tools that you can use and build upon for the rest of your life. I want to help you and inspire you to become the musician that you aspire to... Let me share my love of music and years of teaching and performance experience with you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a complete, full-blown studio available w/ drum kit, hand percussion, bass rig, guitar rigs, keyboards, and P.A. system. I have digital and analog recording equipment with lots of software, hardware, plug-ins, and other miscellaneous musical toys to play with. I have instruments here that you can borrow for your lesson, in case you don't want to or can't travel with yours.

We can record/videotape your lessons and upload them to the TakeLessons.com web site for you to reference any time you want, which is pretty darn cool and high-tech, and quite handy when you forgot what you were supposed to be practicing for the week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I currently don't give lessons outside my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele, Percussion) and would call myself a "generalist" in that I can play a number of instruments in a number of different styles and don't really specialize in any one... my strength is my diversity.

I am at home playing fingerstyle guitar (ala Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, etc.), or with a plectrum (pick). My style lends itself best to roots-based Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Soul, Country, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

Along w/ my years of performance and teaching experience, I also have a good amount of instrument repair and maintenance experience, so I can show you so some tips and tricks and help you keep your instrument performing it's best, while saving yourself a ton of money at the guitar repair shop!

Alan B. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I began taking guitar lessons in the Bay Area at the age of 7. I was fortunate to study with respected musician, Tom Patitucci. I was involved with a touring band by age 11, performing all around San Francisco and the surrounding counties. I simply fell in love with playing and performing music. As I grew older I played in a number of different bands ranging from Bluegrass to Metal. In High School, my parents allowed me to teach lessons out of our front room and it was then I developed a lifelong connection with teaching.

I studied music at Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. I graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. From there, I moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mt. range and taught music at the high school level. During that time I performed regularly at Weddings, Wineries and Restaurants. I began to move heavily into roots music, focusing on Banjo and Dobro. I truly love all forms of Music. They all generate good times. I currently reside in Portland and perform regularly with my band of ten years. I own Hear and Now Music Instruction in SE Portland and I instruct several styles at our relaxed commercial studio. I look forward to helping you with your own Musical Travels.Cheers!

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning students, we will begin the lessons with fundamental concepts such as names of strings and parts of the instrument, the chromatic scale and tuning. From the very onset, we will discuss the style of music you wish to develop and you are encouraged to choose a few favorite songs that we can begin to work toward. As we progress, chord structure and rhythm patterns begin to take shape. Aided with fun, creative exercises, the student gradually begins to merge these musical concepts and in a short time, you are playing your favorite songs. If you desire speed and articulation, we will work on flat picking techniques, fingerboard accuracy and vocal pitch. As with all styles of string instruments, understanding note placement on the neck is crucial. We will build a frame of reference that allows quick changes between registers up and down the neck of the instrument. If you desire to focus on soloing, we will develop exercises that allow you to write and play riffs over different backing rhythms.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Our studio is loaded with a variety of string instruments. Acoustic, Electric, Nylon guitars, Banjos, Ukuleles, Dobros, Mandos and others that are constantly rotating, as we connect seller/buyer from our client base. We use Audix Vocal Mics, Roland acoustic amps, an array of electric amps (both tube and solid state) and a BR-1600 recording console for recording projects.

Students are encouraged to bring their own instrument to lessons. However, in the event the student is unable, we generally have enough on hand of any style to loan for the lesson.

Rentals are available on a first come/ first served basis.

*** Specialties ***
I also teach Dobro or Lap style resonator.

Dylan P. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Basic Math, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Elementary Math, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

Hello!

I have been teaching guitar for several years. I have experience performing, recording and writing in various genres. From originals to covers, from classical to jazz to rock pop and blues.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students of any level are welcome in my studio. My goal is to help you learn to play your favorite songs while also improving your technical abilities. In lessons I introduce basic music theory concepts in relation to playing, so you will not only be able to play, but be able to make sense of what you’re playing. I work with each student individually based on skill level, prior knowledge (or lack thereof), and personal taste. You’re never too young or too old to start playing!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Acoustisonic
Epiphone Les Paul
Alvarez Steel String
Alhambra Classical Guitar
Large library of sheet music and and instructional material
Mac Book Pro:
- Guitar Pro
- Finale
- Garage Band

*** Travel Equipment ***
Macbook Pro

*** Specialties ***
I perform percussive acoustic guitar. Basically I take an acoustic guitar and use extensive techniques such as tapping, drumming, and scratching on the strings to play a whole piece of music. There are some great players in this genre, and I love to teach it to interested students.

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